In­put into am­bu­lance sur­vey urged

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

South West MLC Adele Fa­rina has urged Capes res­i­dents to give in­put into a re­view of am­bu­lance ser­vices across the re­gion.

Sub­mis­sions on the draft Coun­try Am­bu­lance Strat­egy close on De­cem­ber 10.

Ms Fa­rina was a fierce critic of St John Am­bu­lance af­ter a num­ber of worker sui­cides, in­ves­ti­gated by the State’s chief psy­chi­a­trist, which led to two re­ports iden­ti­fy­ing a “cul­ture of bul­ly­ing” and “toxic” work­places within the State’s am­bu­lance provider.

“I con­tinue to re­ceive rep­re­sen­ta­tions from con­stituents through­out the South West and from peo­ple liv­ing in other re­gional areas about the need to im­prove coun­try am­bu­lance ser­vices,” Ms Fa­rina said.

“I re­cently re­ceived a let­ter from a con­stituent con­cerned about the lack of con­sis­tently re­li­able coun­try am­bu­lance ser­vices, poor re­sponse times, and the lack of trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity in the de­liv­ery of coun­try am­bu­lance ser­vices.”

The draft strat­egy out­lines a range of po­ten­tial im­prove­ments which could see more paid coun­try am­bu­lance of­fi­cers.

St John Am­bu­lance de­clined to com­ment.

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